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COLridor: Co-design and co-living urban adaptation

Davidova, Marie and Zímová, Kateřina 2018. COLridor: Co-design and co-living urban adaptation. FORMakademisk 11 (4) , pp. 1-30. 10.7577/formakademisk.2647

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The mission of the present trans-disciplinary community environmental project COLridor (Davidová, 2017b) is to generate a situation of eco-systemic co-living across local species and the abiotic agency in an urban environment through their co-design. Located in the city centre of Prague, the case study bio-tope is part of larger bio-corridor that has evolved, namely due to the adjacent railway and water stream. Though the prevailing opinion of European urbanists is that cities should remain dense and separate from the rest of nature (see Figure 1 illustration), landscape ecologists and biologists tend to disagree. There is no nature on Earth without human beings, and these together evolved, reflecting each other’s impacts and interactions. Therefore, there is also no social justice without the environmental one and vice versa. A large variety of species have adapted and evolved for life in the urban environment, which at the moment for many, offers a safer and more habitable living environment than agricultural land with its herbicides, pests, antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Through systematically co-designed and co-created so-called eco-systemic ‘prototypical urban interventions’ (Doherty, 2005), the project aims to motivate the generation of an edible landscape and a social, cultural and habitable urban environment across species. It is claimed here that designers should no longer be designing for but rather designing with the overall eco-system. This case study helps justify the first author’s ratified design field Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance, covering a fusion of a variety of co-designs across the eco-system in process-based fields.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Additional Information: Dette verket er lisensiert under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher: Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus / Formakademisk, Oslo
ISSN: 1890-9515
Funders: The project is co-organised by Collaborative Collective, z.s., CooLAND, z.s. with the support of the Technical University of Liberec, Faculty of Art and Architecture and the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences at the Czech University of Life Sciences in
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 November 2018
Date of Acceptance: 30 May 2018
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 15:00

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